Every year Atlas Moving reports on America’s Moving Demographics.
People are really moving to Alaska? And New Hampshire? Congrats! Brrrr!
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What a difference the other half of the world makes…
After flying Phoenix to Atlanta to Dubai, the lights appeared at the water’s edge and our landing commenced. Disembarking into a new modern airport was not a surprise, but what was totally unexpected was to see such an open, easily navigated walkway to customs and eventually my taxi. Bright, shiny, and truly clean. Not a piece of paper, cigarette butt, trash… in sight.
Long trips don’t make for cheery dispositions, but when my taxi driver welcomed me to Dubai and very cheerfully answered questions about Dubai, where he was from, and the economy, I perked up. At the hotel, I also found an exceptional attitude of hospitality from the reception desk. My room at the Tamani Hotel at the Marina sported 4 baths, 2 bedrooms, kitchen, and living and dining. Best yet was the fact that room service was available!!
The District 6 ARELLO conference is another blog… for now I just want everyone to know how wonderful are the people of Dubai. Yes their economy is down with many other countries, and yes, development projects have been stopped, but many continue. The Palm is finished and as my first trip out of the hotel I chose to have lunch at the Atlantis hotel at the Palm. A hotel that is truly magnificent, complete with a large round aquarium with some of the most beautiful, large and small, fish. Security and customer service people everywhere. Lunch by the pool.
Then there is the world’s only 7 star hotel: The Burj Al Arab. Cannot remember the last time I spent $150 for a glass of wine and a 3 course meal… it was all worth it.
A tour of the city after the conference and dinner with Aussie, N. Caroliba, and texas friends made the trip very special.
Reflections: Dubai is truly the hub of North Africa. It is the city you would build if money were no object. It showcases the eastern culture and all of its charm and beauty. Would I return? In a heartbeat!
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Time to leave to catch a plane home.
Dubai. United Arab Emerites.
Many places have intrigued me over the years, and Dubai is one of them; so, when an email came through inviting ARELLO members to attend the District 6 meeting in Dubai, I filled out the registration and tomorrow I leave for a week in one of the most beautiful places in the world.
Real Estate regulators from all over the world will be attending and discussing licensing laws. I represent Arizona’s Real Estate Advisory Board and the Arizona Department of Real Estate (at my own expense). I’ll also be representing REEA, the national Real Estate Educators Association, in my capacity of President-Elect.
Look for pictures, videos, and information from around the world…
How did something I enjoyed so much become a place that I no longer want to go?
Facebook is for my family and friends. If I “connect” with you, I hope you will respect my page and only post to me things that are about you personally…maybe an occasional post about what you’ve been doing in business, or where you are going in business, BUT, please do not try to solicit me to buy your books, your training programs, or your children!
LinkedIn, I allow people to try to solicit me. I figure it’s all about business. But, not my Facebook page.
Today I “disconnected” someone I “connected” with recently. His first post to me was an out and out solicitation. Flush!
Using someone’s Facebook page to advertise your wares is like pinning a note on someone’s child and sending them home to Mom. Mom does not like that.
We’re all looking for ways to “connect” and I am glad to “connect” with strangers as long as they don’t abuse their welcome. My page has become so cluttered with videos that I will never watch, business news and comments from people I don’t know, and information I don’t need. Can I be the only person who is getting p—-d off?
You may “tweet” me with business news, or post on my LinkedIn page, but PLEASE, discontinue posting to me on Facebook. Give it to me on Twitter. It goes away and does not go to everyone who views my page. I’m about quality, not quantity.
It’s called Social Networking for a reason… Facebook is for my chosen friends or people I think I would like to have as friends.
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Did you realize that you cannot put an address in the Search box on the splash page of REALTOR.com and get to that listing directly?
Do you know that you have to scroll down quite a way to find out who has the property listed? And then you only get a name and phone number unless the broker has paid to “enhance” the listing with a web address, etc.
Does the consumer realize that there are “rules” at REALTOR.com that don’t allow REALTORS to identify the broker who has the listing? We get fined for violations if there is anything that identifies the listing agent in a photo or even the remarks.
Do you know that if I want to direct you to my website as the listing agent, I have to pay REALTOR.com to “enhance” the website?
It may be the broker’s listing, but REALTOR.com is designed to hand off consumer leads to the person who spends the most money on “enhancing” or advertising with REALTOR.com.
Those of us who truly believe in the consumer being a real estate educated person believe that the more the consumer knows about the property, the more the consumer understands about the property, the offer, and the transaction. Yet, we direct the consumer away from the listing agent (unless the agent “pays” to get the consumer to the agent).
Anyone else have a problem with REALTOR.com as it exists today?
Do you consider yourself a real estate professional?
First, maybe we should define “professional” as one who engages in a profession, which can be defined as: “…a vocation or occupation requiring advanced education and training, and involving intellectual skills, as medicine, law, theology, engineering, teaching, etc…” Actually the number 1 definition is from the 13th century: “…the act of taking vows of a religious community.”
That was a revolation!
Are you that committed to the profession of real estate?
This AM I had the opportunity to read Stefan Swanepoel’s “The Wise REALTOR.“.
Thinking back to why I joined the ranks in 1986…actually I was waiting till I could start graduate school in the fall. What happened next was that I fell in love with being a real estate professional and didn’t make it to grad school. How about you?
It’s about the good times and the bad times. It’s about the people. It’s about being their family REALTOR. It always has been…
Great read, Stefan.
PS. Maybe that’s how I’ve gotten through 3 downturns.